Irrigators say this year’s drought in Central Washington has been far less than it might have been and far less than the 2015 drought because of mild temperatures and rain.
McMINNVILLE, Ore. — McMinnville, 1971. When a handful of pioneering farmers bought land on the outskirts of this modest rural town and decided to plant wine grapes, people called them crazy. W…
The promotional arm of the Northwest fresh pear industry plans to spend $2 million in USDA tariff relief in the next two years for promotions in Mexico, Canada, India and the UAE.
Apples genetically modified to prevent browning when sliced will be sold to the food service industry for the first time this season, the Canadian producer says.
It’s been a good season in the tricky business of growing Pacific Northwest sweet cherries. Chinese tariffs took less of a bite than expected. Weather, harvest timing, fruit quality, demand an…
Imports of canned pears from China are damaging the Northwest canned pear industry and heightening competition between processors.
Coleman Agriculture, one of the largest growers of hops in Oregon, is working with researchers at Oregon State University to learn how terroir affects sensory qualities of hops.
Wheat and canola growers east of Waterville, Wash., and cherry growers south of Wenatchee received crop damage over the weekend from rain and hail.
Scientists are looking at several unique methods for controlling spotted wing drosophila in blueberries.
Organic hazelnut growers and others interested in the industry are invited to the third annual Organic Hazelnuts Summer Farm Tour that is scheduled for Aug. 14.
Fruit sizing up better than expected has led to a revised upward estimate of the Pacific Northwest pear crop. Harvest is just starting.
Washington’s 2019 apple crop is forecast up 18% from last year which likely will prove a marketing challenge given tariffs and trade issues, particularly in India and China.
The tree fruit got its start in what is now part of Turkey.
A federal judge won’t invite the Washington Supreme Court to second-guess his pre-trial decision favorable to Sarbanand Farms and co-defendant CSI Visa Processing of Mexico.
An educational arm of the Northwest cherry industry, Cherry Institute, is warning cherry growers to move aggressively to combat a disease that a scientist warns could be as devastating to Nort…
A small tree fruit grower in East Wenatchee, Wash., attracts an adequate domestic workforce by paying well and treating workers well.
The supply of labor to harvest Washington tree fruit has long been tight but maybe improving a little in recent years. It appears to be better this season in Wenatchee and Yakima while still s…
Cherry growers in the Pacific Northwest will get federal aid for losses due to Chinese tariffs, but sales to China have been better than expected.
Duckwall Fruit, based in Hood River, Ore., celebrated its 100-year anniversary in July.
He has a love for specialty crop research and has spent a career elevating its importance and its private and public funding.
A South African company that recently opened operations in the U.S. is touting its pest, disease, irrigation, tree health and yield monitoring for tree fruits, nuts and vineyards.
A series of bills in the 2019 Oregon Legislature revealed stark differences in the Oregon wine industry, which now accounts for $5.6 billion in statewide economic impact.
USDA announced another $100 million in Agricultural Trade Promotion funding on top of $200 million awarded last January as part of the administration’s tariff relief for agriculture.
The Northwest cherry crop may end up about 20% less than initially estimated in early May, but it’s been a better season than some years. Washington traditionally is 85% of the crop.
A horticulturalist and apple breeder at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center has been appointed its new interim director.
Howard Ward worked in a body shop 43 years before deciding to change careers — he became a falconer.
Agricultural companies from Washington and Oregon participated in a “Made in America” event at the White House.
The Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs has asked the state attorney general for an opinion on whether legal aid lawyers can contact workers in farm housing without permission or a…
Agricultural groups are reviewing U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rule changes for the H-2A-visa foreign agricultural guestworker program including new ways to calculate minimum wages.
UI Parma fruit field day set Sept. 6
People have been picking cherries at Rick and Janet Gifford’s cherry orchard on the edge of East Wenatchee, Wash., city limits for 20 years. He thinks the orchard is about 100 years old and th…
An irrigation district serving farmland and residents in Kennewick and Richland, Wash., says the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is threatening its water supply. The bureau says it is working with …
Less than ideal spring weather contributed to a lighter California almond crop than first expected. The forecast is down from last year and down from a May preliminary forecast.
Call them crop dusters or aerial applicators. By any name, they help America's farmers grow bountiful crops.
Allocations for junior water right holders on the Yakima River dropped another 5% to 67% of full entitlement which will cause losses in apples and other crops.
The Washington Supreme Court may again be asked to intervene in a federal lawsuit against agricultural employers.
U.S. hops are forecast to reach a new record high of 57,339 acres this season as slowed growth of craft breweries continues and larger brewers want greater certainty of hop supply.
More than 150 Washington wineries will pay new fees and presumably have higher operating costs because the state Department of Ecology says that while they have not polluted groundwater, they could.
The timing of the rain helped the dryland wheat.
The Washington Supreme Court, which has twice struck down agricultural pay practices in recent years, has agreed to decide whether farmworkers must be paid overtime wages.
The Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission hosted the five-day trade mission June 24-28 with Japanese companies after receiving a Specialty Crop Block Grant of $81,290 from the Oregon Depa…
At a meeting in New York, apple growers from around the country issued the first prediction of this fall’s apple crop. They think it will be up 9%.
The extent of damage has not been fully assessed, but winds gusting to 35 and 40 mph, took some toll on Washington cherries for at least a week. Next growers faced forecasts of rain.
Always much smaller than the Pacific Northwest, California’s pear crop is forecast up 6.37% this year over last. Northwest competition can hurt California returns.
As Washington’s wine industry continues to grow, it decides to spend more on research to stay competitive and raise its global awareness.
Summer drought could “get bad” in Washington’s Okanogan Valley, but one irrigation district has some water rights to lease.
India tariff increases, announced June 15, maybe the worst for Washington apple exports and California walnuts and less so for almonds.
A new study by Oregon State University describes how farmers can integrate the samurai wasp as part of an overall pest management strategy for controlling the brown marmorated stinkbug.
California wraps up a tough cherry season while the Pacific Northwest, led by Washington, just gets rolling on a crop that so far is excellent.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife may have a pronghorn antelope management plan ready for public review by late fall or winter. Ranchers are wary of over population affecting fenc…
Cosmic Crisp, Washington State University’s new apple variety, will be sold for the first time in grocery stores in December and will also be offered in fresh-sliced snack packages by Crunch P…
A wildfire the burned most of a state wildlife area but did minimal agricultural damage was four times larger than once reported.
Irrigation districts and individual farmers who get water directly from rivers and are junior water right holders are planning for less water this summer. It shouldn’t be as bad as the drought…
A wildfire threatened several villages and burned 5,000 acres of state-owned sagebrush and grass in southern Grant County, Wash., before being largely contained Tuesday night.
The Washington Apple Commission plans to spend the largest amounts of federal tariff relief funds to advertise Washington apples in Mexico and India.